When Manny Pacquiao engages Jessie Vargas in the boxing ring on November 5th, it shall have been the first time he and Nonito Donaire will fight under the same card.
At 37 years of age, Manny Pacquiao has been criticized for his knockout droughts over recent years, and Jessie Magdaleno believes that the 33-year-old Nonito Donaire is shot.
According to a report by the Review Journal Jessie Magdaleno described Nonito Donaire as “old and washed up” and his only concern is his vaunted left hook.
“The only challenge I see from him, and everyone knows this, is his left hook. Jessie Magdaleno said.
“He has a very strong left hook. He has either knocked people out with it or stunned them with it. That’s why we brought in guys with strong left hooks. We’ll be ready.”
However, Nonito Donaire believes he’ll be Jessie Magdaleno ‘s toughest fight, and sees patterns to his movement that he can capitalize on.
On Manny Pacquiao vs Vargas, Bob Arum believes it’s not the Pacman’s fault his knockout ratio has dropped.
“It’s not that he (Pacquiao)’s not hitting hard. He is hitting hard, but opponents fighting him are more cautious. The ability to knock out a guy isn’t a one-way street. It’s also the opponent” Bob Arum said in a report by the Philippine Star.
“If the opponent is looking to survive and not firing as many shots as he could, then it’s a lot more difficult to do. It’s not impossible, but it’s a hell of a lot harder when the opponent isn’t willing to open up.”
So much relies on the result of Manny Pacquiao vs Vargas, so much so that he needs to dispose of his opponent in an exciting manner that thrills the crowd, and leave them longing for more.
If Manny Pacquiao vs Vargas turns out well, in Pacman’s favor, top challengers such as Terence Crawford, Danny Garcia and Thurman await.
Thanks to Bob Arum and Al Haymon.
“We look at Haymon as a guy who manages a lot of good fighters and if any of them would fit as opponents for our guys, we’d be interested in talking. There is no animosity between us. The door is open. The fact that we’re doing the pay-per-view ourselves takes the network equation out of it and makes it that much simpler to make a deal.” Bob Arum said in a report by Yahoo! Sports.
Terence Crawford next? He was in the running as being a Pacman foe before Manny Pacquiao vs Vargas was announced.
Aside from Terence Crawford, “a guy like Garcia would be an interesting opponent. Keith Thurman, he would be a possibility. As long as the guys don’t price themselves out, we’d be interested. Haymon and I worked hard to try to get [Adrien] Broner for this [Nov. 5] fight. We’re open to putting Manny on the fights the public wants to see and we’re not closing any doors.” Bob Arum added.
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